In anticipation of increased ridership during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced additional trains on the Hartford Line. Wednesday, November 23, the day before Thanksgiving, is expected to be the busiest day of the year for rail travel.
“We expect many people to travel, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy Thanksgiving getaways in Connecticut,” Richard Jankovich, Railroad Administrator for the Connecticut Department of Transportation said. “Thank you to our rail partners Metro-North Railroad, Amtrak and TASI for working with us to bring more trains into service. Along with CTDOT, they have stepped up to serve everyone in the state.”
“The CTDOT team will be ready to support travelers at New Haven Union Station and Hartford Union Station during much of the extended holiday travel season,” Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Garrett Eucalitto said. “It has become an annual tradition for our team to ensure customers have a safe and comfortable experience on Connecticut’s rail services during the busy Thanksgiving holiday.”
CTrail and Amtrak Hartford Line will operate a Saturday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24 and a weekday schedule on Friday, November 25. Additional Hartford Line trains will be added to the schedule to accommodate anticipated passenger traffic. Three CT northbound and three southboundrail Trains will be added to the timetable on Wednesday 23 November, Friday 25 November and Sunday 27 November. For the full timetable, please visit HartfordLine.com.
While reservations are never required on CTrail Hartford Line Trains, Passengers planning to ride an Amtrak Hartford Line train during the holiday season should make a reservation through the Amtrak website or the Amtrak mobile app prior to travel. Amtrak also announced that bicycle reservations will not be available on Amtrak Hartford Line trains during Thanksgiving week (November 21-28) due to anticipated high passenger traffic and an increase in luggage and bags. All Amtrak trains could be at capacity during this peak travel season and need more space to accommodate more passengers. During these holidays, passengers using Amtrak multi-journey passes such as monthly passes and ten-ride passes should also make a reservation aboard the Amtrak train they wish to use. Travel is recommended early in the day to avoid overcrowding.
In addition, Shore Line East will offer a weekend schedule on Thursday, November 24, a weekend schedule on Friday, November 25, and a weekend schedule on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27. Please visit ShoreLineEast.com for the latest New Haven Line schedules.
The Metro-North Railroad will also operate special trains on the New Haven Line on Thursday, November 24 and a modified Saturday schedule on Friday, November 25. Please visit Metro-North Railroad Timetables | MTA for the latest New Haven Line schedules.
While passengers are no longer required to wear masks on board trains or in train stations, masks are welcome and remain an important preventive measure against COVID-19. Anyone who needs or wants to wear one is encouraged to do so.
For information on all rail services in Connecticut, visit ctrail.com.